Advent 2022

Join us this Advent and Christmas season as we worship, grow, serve, give and celebrate together — all in the hopes of becoming more like Christ in this holy season.

Click here to order poinsettias, luminaries and tickets for our Christmas concert and dinner. 

WORSHIP

Sundays of Advent: The Songs of Christmas

Sundays, November 27 and December 4, 11 and 18   |  8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.

In the scriptures, the story of Christmas is a story of singing!  At every turn, someone breaks out into song, praising and worshipping God!  Join us this Advent as we explore the first Christmas carols and what they say to us in this holy season.

November 27  |  Zechariah’s Song: A Song of Faith (Isaiah 64:1-9, Luke 1:5-24)

December 4  |  The Angels’ Song: A Song of Peace (Isaiah 2:1-5, Luke 2:8-14)

December 11  |  Mary’s Song: A Song of Joy (Isaiah 35:1-10, Luke 1:39-56)

December 18  |  Simeon’s Song: A Song of Hope (Zephaniah 3:14-20, Luke 2:25-35)

December 25  |  John’s Song: A Song of Salvation (Isaiah 60:1-5, John 1)

 

Service of Hope and Consolation     Sunday, December 11  |  4:00 p.m.

We welcome everyone to a quiet service of scripture, prayer, music and the lighting of candles of remembrance.  For all the losses we have suffered this past year, we pause to reflect, accept how we are feeling, and seek God’s healing and hope in a community of grace.  

Christmas Eve Worship    December 24  |  4:00 and 6:00 p.m. 

Come celebrate Christmas Eve at 4:00 p.m. with carol singing, a unique visual Nativity during the reading of the Christmas story, candle lighting and Holy Communion.  

Join us for a traditional service at 6:00 p.m.  with music from our Chancel Choir and brass quintet, a homily, candle lighting and Holy Communion.  

Grow

 

Advent Workshop    November 20  |  4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Each year our church family gathers the Sunday before Advent to prepare for this special season through crafts, creating Advent wreaths, making wooden nativity pieces and more. All ages and stages are invited to join us in Carpenter Hall for this special night. We have various crafts that appeal to kids, teens and adults. This year we are offering a friendly “Gingerbread Nativity” competition, as well. A supper of soup and sandwiches will be provided and we will end the evening with a Christmas story.  Register here.  

Advent Devotionals    Available Sunday, November 27

Pick up your free Advent Devotional, written by FUMC members and staff and illustrated by our children, in the narthex to guide you in spending intentional time with God throughout this holy season.  

Advent Small Group   Tuesdays beginning November 29  | 1:00 p.m.

Our study is based off of the character of Scrooge in “A Christmas Carol.”  The book is “The Redemption of Scrooge” by author Matt Rawle. This study dives deep into the sad, greedy world of Scrooge and discovers a man in dire need of a second chance. Going along with our Advent theme of “The Songs of Christmas” Rawle’s incorporates many hymns and Scripture into the study. Learn about living with and for others in a world blessed by Jesus. This four-week study meets in the Carpenter Hall Classroom.  Contact Doreen Eager at doreen@fumcbelmont.org for more information. 

Serve

Feeding the Children (+Plus) 

We have expanded our Feeding the Children program to be a meal assistance program.  When we deliver this season, in addition to the lunch we will leave 2 grocery bags of food at the home. These 2 bags will provide food for breakfast, lunch and dinners on the days we do not deliver.  This provides the child with shelf stable foods into the weekend. This addition to our program will expand our volunteer opportunities.  You can sign up to cook and deliver as we have done in the past,  or sign up to pack the grocery bags to be delivered to homes.  You can sign up by clicking here or by calling Sharon Lochaby, our volunteer coordinator, at 704-608-2523.  

 

Give

ZOE Alternative Giving    November 27- December 19

What do you get a friend or family member who has everything for Christmas?  Give a gift that transforms the lives of vulnerable children.  A goat, maize seed, or even a cooking pot can empower a child to never need charity again.  Our Zoe Team will be available after worship to help you shop for your loved ones.  With a donation of $10 or more, an item to represent your gift will be complimentary for your gift recipient.  Handmade ornaments by children in Rwanda will also be for sale for a suggested donation of $20.  All donations will directly support our Twitezmbere community in Rwanda.

 

 

Sharing the Warmth

This Christmas we will keep our neighbors warm by collecting socks, mittens and hats for children, youth and adults who need help with adequate winter clothing.  Hang your donations on the Christmas tree designated in our narthex for the collection. All donations will be distributed through S.O.C.K.S. Crisis Ministry.  

Christmas Eve Offering

This year’s Christmas Eve Offering will support our  Feeding the Children (Plus) ministry.  Each spring and winter break we serve over 200 families.  Since we have expanded our lunch program to be more of meal program we are expecting a cost. Each time we deliver a meal we will in addition to the lunch leave 2 grocery bags of food at the home.  These 2 bags will provide food for breakfast, lunch and dinners on the days we do not deliver  This provides them with shelf stable foods into the weekend. This winter break is one of the longest with a total of 12 school days. Your offering will help ensure funds for 15 days of nutritious foods for the children in our community, reminding them of God’s grace and love at a very special time of year. 

 

Celebrate

Senior High Youth Event    December 9-10  |  5:30 p.m. to 8:30 a.m.

Senior High Youth are wanderers of the night as they travel to experience the joy of Christmas through fun, service and worship.  All destinations are a mystery.  $35 registration is due by December 4.  

Mixed Bag (Middle School)  Event    December 10  |  2:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m.

Youth in grades 5-8 are invited to  go to Frankies in Huntersville for an afternoon of rides, arcade games and food.   $35 registration is due by December 4.  

 

The Heart of Christmas Concert and Dinner    Sunday, December 18  |  4:00 p.m.

Join us for an afternoon of fun and beautiful Christmas music offered by our Chancel Choir, Alleluia Children’s Choir, Bellissimo Bells, and Worship team, along with soloists!  A delicious dinner follows.  Reservation forms are available here.  

Primetimers Drive Through McAdenville  Wednesday, December 7th  | 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. 

Sign up to ride the FUMC Belmont bus through the McAdenville Christmas lights.  Dinner will be at Hillybilly’s BBQ in Lowell, dutch treat.  Sign up to reserve your spot on the bus.  Seats will go fast.  RSVP:  doreen@fumcbelmont.org